The banjo and American music cross paths in a remarkably entangled web of complexity.The banjo was brought to the New World – conceptually, at least – by African slaves who used it to create music subsequently appropriated by 19th-century white entertainers, who created blackface minstrelsy, which became the basis of Vaudeville and a great source of opportunity for waves of new, more-willing immigrants.After an issue arose with Taake’s visas and the tour was postponed, fans eagerly awaited for their return.
Like minstrelsy before it, early Vaudeville depended heavily on self-deprecating ethnic humor.
Yosco & Lyons are considered early ragtime performers whose songs frequently reference their Italian heritage.
Take for example the lyrics of her single, “Sapokanikan,” from “Divers,” which she played late in the show: “The cause is Ozymandian/The map of Sapokanikan/is sanded and beveled/the land lone and leveled/by some unrecorded and powerful hand/which plays along the monument/and drums upon a plastic bag.” Ozymandias is a reference to a Percy Bysshe Shelley poem, and Sapokanikan is the name of a place in Manhattan that was once the province of the Native American Lenape tribe.
It’s the kind of arcana that students struggled with in their Romantic lit courses, and to Newsom’s credit, she’s not interested in making any of it — whether the content or the structure — easy on the listener.
After landing a contract, they recorded the successful "Don't Let Your Deal Go Down Blues" on July 27, 1925.
This song sold over 106,000 copies at a time when there were estimated to be only 6,000 phonographs in the southern United States, according to Poole's biographer and great-nephew, Kinney Rorer. Former railroad engineer Roy Harvey also played guitar.This time around, Taake’s support came from Wolvhammer and Young and in the Way (only on select dates and I unfortunately did not get to see them).I was able to attend the second date of the tour in Tampa, Florida at The Orpheum.Poole and his brother-in-law, fiddler Posey Rorer, whom he had met in West Virginia in 1917 and whose sister he married, formed a trio with guitarist Norman Woodlief called the North Carolina Ramblers.The group auditioned in New York for Columbia Records.Its always a treat when a foreign band comes through America.